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I found this in the local paper. I won't post it verbatim in order to avoid moderator wrath. Church affiliation, politics linked, study finds. Thomas B Edsall The Washington Post David C Leege, professor of government and international studies at the University of Notre Dame analyzed data from the National Election Studies from 1960-1992. The Republican party is becoming the home for white voters who belong to Christian denominations, attend church regularly, and who hold strong religious beliefs. This seems to be due to evangelical voters aligning themselves with the Republican party. Evangelical Christians were defined as members of churches or denominations such as the Southern Baptist Convention, the Church of the Nazarene, the Assemblies of God, and the Missouri and Wisconsin Synods of the Lutheran CHurch. Their support for Bush in 1992 was far higher than any other major religious category; they are substantially more conservative and traditionally moralistic than any other group. White voters who attend church irregularly or identify themselves as nonreligious are more likely to be Democrats. They tend to hold more liberal positions on issues such as abortion, school prayer, and gays in the military. Blacks, Jews, and Hispanics regardless of whether they attend religious services cast Democratic majorities. One of the more striking trends in the analysis was the steady decline of white voters identifying themselves as "mainstream" Protestant churches: the Episcopal Church, the United Church of Christ, Presbyterians, United Methodist Church, the Reformed Church of America, and the Christian Church (Disciples of Christ). In 1960 these voters made up a decisive plurality of white adults; 41%, twice as many as either evangelicals or Catholics. By 1992 white voters identifying themselves as part of mainline Christian denominations had fallen to 22% of white voters; equal to evangelicals and Catholics. By 1992 the percentage of mainline Christians who regularly went to church was substantially less than that for white evangelicals or white Catholics. "The mainline Protestant, around which so much of the civic agenda revolved throughout American history, is indeed on the sideline...The Christian Coalition is the part of the Republican coalition that is growing, and the old mainstream Republicans are shrinking." "What it really shows is that the energetic core of any winning Republican majority begins, though it does not end, with evangelical activists and their allies," said Ralph Reed, executive director of the Christian Coalition. In a separate study of the 1992 election data, John C. Green of the University of Akron found that white evangelicals were Bush's largest single constituency in 1992, making up two-fifths of his total. Bob Robles Windows Online, Danville, CA 510-736-8343


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